Didn’t really notice it with my Amazon Fire, it being fifty bucks and crippled by Amazon. But I do notice it using daughter’s Lenovo, since she paid a buck eighty for it. So I look and, lo and behold, Android has never had an undo! What sort of POS OS doesn’t have that available on Day 1, much less nine years later?
I found an app, but it doesn’t work in Chrome because Google sees being able to undo as a crutch, so this was written in Word.
I, as a nerd from way back, understand a modern operating system to be a framework on which to hang useful bits from an extensive library, much of the library preexisting to maintain consistency across the apps others create. No point in reinventing the wheel, and all. An undo function should be one of those us useful bits, just like reading a keyboard or displaying an image. Microsoft wrote it’s own for Word, but at the typical price for Android apps, free, it appears that many developers chose to skip the effort.
The complication being, of course, that standard Android keyboards don’t have a Control key. But certain alternate keyboards do. I like Hacker’s Keyboard, although the keys become ridiculously small and crowded.
Exactly what sort of situations are we looking to “undo” here?
If we’re talking about text editing, then the lack of ctrl-z is in the same category as the lack of ctrl-c and ctrl-v, and so on, but at least there are other ways to copy and paste without the keyboard.
But maybe we’re talking about situations where I deleted a file or something, and then I immediately realize that it was a mistake. This is a much more serious shortcoming of Android. Not only is there no quick-and-easy ctrl-z that would undelete the file, but I don’t think Android even has anything similar to a Recycle Bin that stores my deleted stuff.
Yes, text undo. A touchscreen, especially one as oversensitive as this Lenovo, can result in overdeleting. Undo can save a lot of extra work.
My TRS-80 Model 100, circa 1983 with an operating system and several applications crammed into 32k, proving that Bill Gates, unlike his staff, can write taut code, lacks a forward delete button but you get the same thing from shift-backspace. Android? No such luck, though Google’s keyboard alone is a 50mb app.